Things To Do This Weekend | Orange County Weekend Roundup

Orange County Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best Orange County things to do this weekend.

Patchwork Edible
Oct. 5-6. Calling all foodies! Don’t miss this food-centric event bringing visionary chefs, handmade craft vendors and food artisans together for two days of eating, learning, tasting and shopping. Consisting of an outdoor marketplace for food trucks, restaurant pop-ups, a beer, wine and craft cocktail garden, workshops and more, there is something for everyone here. More than 50 regional small creative food businesses and craft vendors each will be showcasing new and special items. South Coast Collection, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa.


Solar-DecathlonSolar Decathlon
Oct. 3-6 and 10-13. Check out this biennial competition challenging collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are affordable, highly energy efficient, attractive and easy to live in. Students spend almost two years creating actual houses to compete in 10 categories including architecture, engineering and market appeal. Free. Orange County Great Park, Perimeter Road, near Interstate 5 at Sand Canyon Ave. and Irvine Blvd., Irvine, 866.829.3829.


Lamborghini-aventador-LP-720-4Orange County International Auto Show
Oct. 3-6. See the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and more during auto show season. Check out the newest rides, sit behind the wheel, experience the latest in car technology and even take a test drive in more than 100 new models. $8-$12, under 13 are free. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.765.8950.


Live-the-Look-at-SCPLive The Look: Fashion. Beauty. Home.
Oct 3-6.  Celebrate an extended weekend of style at South Coast Plaza with leading authorities on fashion, beauty and home. See E!’s Fashion Police, George Kotsiopoulos, as he hosts a designer fashion show, Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators’ interior designer Kathryn Ireland who will chat about Hollywood home trends, learn about beauty and hair trends and more at this event. See website for full schedule of events. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa,


Oktoberfest-BalboaBayResortOktoberfest at Balboa Bay Resort
Through Oct. 31. If you can’t make it to Munich this month, celebrate at Balboa Bay Resort with authentic and delicious lunch and dinner specials in the First Cabin Restaurant and Duke’s Place. Enjoy a genuine German-inspired menu featuring such delights as Wienerschnitzel, Sauerbraten, Baverian Bratwurst, warm Apple Strudel and much more. A large variety of Oktoberfest beers will be available to provide the perfect accompaniment. 1221 Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.630.4145.


ExplorOcean-Richard-SalasUnderwater Shark Photography
Oct. 3. Jump in feet first with shark photographer, Richard Sales for an evening of touching underwater stories at ExplorOcean. Discover a new relationship as Sales brings you along on his dives while he swims with hundreds of sharks and shares his passion with these phenomenal creatures. Sales will be autographing copies of his newest book, Blue Visions, after the presentation. Books are $80, plus tax. ExplorOcean, 600 E. Bay Ave., Newport Beach, 949.675.8915.


Dark-HarborDark Harbor
Oct. 3–5, 11–13, 17–20, 24–27, 31. Ghosts, monsters and freaks—oh my! Dark Harbor returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach for several nights of terrifying Halloween fun. A circus-themed maze and a “Ferrisqueal” (that’s Ferris wheel) top the new attractions at this year’s scare fest, which also includes food, drink and undead entertainment. Not recommended for children. 7 pm–midnight nightly. $20–$109. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0742.


Maroon 5
Oct. 4. Catch Adam Levine as Maroon 5 stop at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Expect the Grammy Award-winning band to perform all of their hits including “She Will Be Loved,” “Payphone,” and “Love Somebody.” American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson opens. 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949.855.8095.


bonjovi-091813-1Bon Jovi
Oct. 9. Rock out with Bon Jovi as they return from a trip around the world for their “Because We Can-The Tour.” Expect to hear your favorite hits —such as “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Bad Medicine”—as well as songs from their new album, What About Now. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714.704.2500.


Fall Spa Specials at The Spa at Laguna Cliffs Marriott
Through Nov. 30. Fall into luxury with the spa’s specials this season. Try their Fall Spa package featuring a 60 minute Pumpkin Spice Massage (think nutmeg, vanilla, sweet orange and clove) and a 60 minute custom Spa Signature Facial for $250 ($50 savings), the Cinnamon Honey Facial, a 60 minute facial including a cinnamon honey mask for exfoliation and hydration, for $155 or the New Look for Fall package consisting of a manicure, pedicure plus a blow out for $135. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7576.


Lark-CreekFOOD + DRINK
Pinot Noir and Wild Mushroom Festival at Lark Creek Newport Beach
Through Oct. 31. Celebrate the change of the seasons with unique wild mushroom dishes and Pinot Noir pairings at Lark Creek Newport Beach. Utilizing chanterelle, matsutake, porcini and other wild varieties in a wide range of dishes, the restaurant begins a delicious tradition the entire month of October. Try Alaskan halibut with chanterelle mushrooms, roasted sunchokes, piquillo pepper rouille, almonds and a herb salad or the duck confit and mushroom risotto with hedgehog mushrooms, fine herbs and sage. Have a glass of one of their luscious Pinot Noirs to complement the fall flavors. Lark Creek Newport Beach at Fashion Island, 957 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.640.6700.


Komen-Shake-MediaNew Raspberry Sorbet Shake at Smashburger
Through Oct. 31. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, enjoy Smashburger’s new hand-spun raspberry and vanilla shake made with Häagen-Dazs sorbet and ice cream for a blended treat. This new milkshake benefits Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer with 40 cents of each milkshake donated to the organization. Be sure to grab one of their “smashed to order” burgers to go with your milkshake. 26541 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, 949.716.3855; 1003 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, 949.364.1246.


Lazy-Dog-Bite-For-The-CureBite For the Cure at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
Oct 8 & 22. Wear pink or bring in a printed event flyer and 20% of your total bill will be donated to St. Jude Crosson Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is dedicated to helping people fight cancer by offering advanced treatment with compassion and care. 4 p.m.-close. 240 S. State College Blvd., Brea, 714.529.9300; 16310 Beach Blvd., Westminster, 714.500.1140; 132 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 714.731.9700; 1623 W. Katella Ave., Orange, 714.769.7020.


Brick-or-Treat at Legoland California
Weekends through Oct. 31. Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland California is the home of Halloween fun. Kids can safely trick-or-treat on Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat trail, stopping at Lego-themed treat stations to collect candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way. With the expanded Brick-or-Treat Trail, new Ghost Cruise, costume contests, dancing, entertainment and fireworks, this is Halloween, Legoland-style. There’s also spooky, kooky excitement 5-9 p.m. on Saturday. Save $15 on Legoland California “Hopper” tickets and get a second day for free. Legoland, 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. 760.918.LEGO.


Fallen Angels
Opens Oct. 8. For an evening full of wit, charm and high comedy, this classic Noël Coward farce is a play that shouldn’t be missed. Best friends each had a torrid affair with a certain charming Frenchman before marriage. Years later, their husbands are away on a golfing trip and guess who’s back in town? Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787.